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‘Survivor’ Castaway Candice – ‘Coming in Late Was a Disadvantage’

October 17, 2013

Candice Cody (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Malcolm Freberg. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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The official subtitle for this season of “Survivor” is “Blood vs. Water” but it could have easily been “Survivor: Bizarro World.” Marissa was voted out for how her uncle acted in the game. Rachel was voted out in an attempt to lure her boyfriend Tyson out of the game.

Candice Cody was bounced for something that happened before the game.

I spoke with the three-time returnee the morning after her elimination and had a chance to ask her about her feud with the Culpeppers, her romantic getaway, and a problem with last night’s Redemption Island puzzle…

Gordon Holmes: Hey Candice, how’s it going?
Candice Cody: I’ve been better.
Holmes: What? I thought you got to enjoy three nights on a beautiful Filipino beach with the man of your dreams.
Cody: I’m just teasing, I had a great time. It was an interesting season. A lot of twists…some that didn’t work to my advantage and some that did. And to get to experience it with John…he’s an awesome guy. I think we had a really unique experience. It was cool.

Holmes: I’m not a fan of someone being sent to Redemption Island or out of the game without an official Tribal Council vote.
Cody: I really think it was difficult for me because I came out less than 24 hours before the game started. (NOTE: Candice and John were last-minute alternates) Everyone else had been staring at each other and counting their numbers of who they were going to work with before the game started. Obviously my face wasn’t there for that. So, to be voted out 30 seconds in…I thought coming in late was a disadvantage, but give me three days. People will like me and we’ll be good. But, to not have that chance…it was devastating to give up all of my vacation for the next two years to come out and play the game. It was tough.

Holmes: Candice Woodcock played twice. She was a good challenge competitor, but some strategies came back to bite her. Candice Cody is a bad ass.
Cody: (Laughs)
Holmes: She’s flipping the bird, she’s cursing out former NFL players.
Cody: The one-finger salute!

Holmes: Last night they showed you and John enjoying your evening…
Cody: And then the record screeched and everything stopped.
Holmes: It’s like you’re enjoying a delicious sundae and you then find a band-aid under a scoop of ice cream.
Cody: I was really happy to see Brad because that meant he was voted off. But I was not happy to share Cody Island with Brad Culpepper. And be careful what you wish for because he’s a tough challenge competitor. I was kind of hoping his wife would switch with him.
Holmes: That challenge looked really close.
Cody: So close. Brad actually called it and said he’d finished his puzzle twice when he hadn’t. And Jeff called it and said “Brad wins!” And then they realized that Brad’s puzzle was wrong. My mind was somewhere else at that point because I thought I was out. That threw me off. I also had a puzzle piece that was correct but I couldn’t get it to fit on the bridge. Being a three-time player, I was thinking of Jeff saying, “If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it because we’ve tried all of these pieces.” So, I took that piece back and looked for a different one. So, I lost a lot of time on that one.
Holmes: It was a little odd to hear Galang cheering for Brad.
Cody: There was so much emotion involved in it. I’m playing against my husband and against the guy I wanted to go home ten days ago. And the other players were cheering for Brad and giving him hints. It was intense.

Holmes: When we talked before the game, you were concerned that Rupert was there. You had some past history from “Heroes vs. Villains.” Was it nice to be the one to send him packing?
Cody: Yeah, that kind of felt good. (Laughs) Rupert and I had some bad blood based on “Heroes vs. Villains.” I tried to come into this with an open mind. We have this history, but we do know each other. Unfortunately neither one of us got to set foot on a tribe beach and get to figure it out. At Redemption Island he was all grumbly, and when he left the mood completely changed. Marissa was a breath of fresh air, she has so much energy. So, it was nice to be the one to send him home. I know I beat him in every challenge in “Heroes vs. Villains” so I knew I could take him.

Holmes: Let’s get into some word association. We’ll start with Monica.
Cody: Crocodile tears.
Holmes: Rachel?
Cody: Soft.
Holmes: Marissa?
Cody: Sassy.
Holmes: Brad?
Cody: The mouth of the south.
Holmes: (Laughs) Rupert?
Cody: A fussy pirate.
Holmes: Tyson?
Cody: Jokester.
Holmes: Let’s finish with that guy John.
Cody: Sweet angel.

Holmes: You were on the show twice before and I’m sure a lot of people recognize you. But now you get to watch your husband and he’s on TV and he’s doing something that has been such a big part of your life. How awesome is that?
Cody:  That is probably the best part of being a part of this season. Every day I’m proud of my husband…you know…I married him.
Holmes: Well, I’d hope so.
Cody: He’s just a class act and an awesome guy. It’s so great to get to watch him on TV and have other people see him as I see him.

Holmes: I hate to end this interview on a bad note…but John did beat you in back-to-back challenges.
Cody: Yeah, he’s going to pay for that. (Laughs)

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‘Survivor’ Castaways Candice & John: ‘I’m Always Wary of Rupert’

September 12, 2013

Candice and John Cody (CBS)

Quick Note: I had a chance to sit down with all twenty of the “Blood vs. Water” competitors before the game began. I’ll be posting exclusive interviews with each pairing in the days leading up to the September 18th season premiere. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for those interviews, behind-the-scenes exclusives, and more…

Name: Candice Cody (formerly Candice Woodcock)
Age: 30
Relationship to Significant Castaway: John’s Wife
Previous Seasons: “Survivor: Cook Islands” – fifth jury member and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians” – fifth jury member
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Physician, Anesthesiology Resident

Name: John Cody
Relationship to Significant Castaway:
Candice’s Husband
Current Residence:
Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Physician:
Army Orthopedic Surgery Resident
Personal Claim to Fame:
Being a West Point grad, graduating from Georgetown Medical School and training at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for my Orthopedic Surgery residency.
Pet Peeves:
Slow thinkers, talkers, and movers, people who eat paper, illogical, irrational and inflexible people, excuses, mouth breathers.

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Gordon Holmes: Alright, who’s this guy?
Candice Cody: John is basically an all-around great guy.
John Cody: It’s pretty true. (Laughs)
Candice: (Laughs) I was going to say something nice, but now I’ve changed my mind.
Gordon: Perfect. Give me the dirt.
Candice: He’s great. He’s a talker, he’s very social. He’s like the good in our relationship, and I’m like the dark, evil heart. He’s a sweetie.
Gordon: He’s the angel on one shoulder…
John: And she’s the devil. It’s true. Candice fancies herself to be very edgy and mean, but she’s actually a sweetheart. She loves to talk like she’s hard as nails, but she has a soft side.
Candice: We’re talking about you. John is very athletic. He went to West Point and he played basketball there. He still plays competitive basketball three or four days a week. He lifts weights. Sports and athletics are a big part of our life. He’s very smart.
Gordon: Where’s the dirt?
Candice: He doesn’t have dirt. I want someone to dig some up about him.
John: Don’t ask any of my buddies about the time I was in Thailand.
Candice: (Laughs)
John: Just kidding, I was never in Thailand.
Gordon: Likely story.

Gordon: When did you two start dating?
Candice: We met the week of the “Cook Islands” premiere.
Gordon: So you’ve seen both of her seasons?
John: Yes.
Gordon: What could she have done better out there?
John: I think the first time she was set up much better to win the game. Everybody remembers the mutiny, but when you think about what she was doing, she was making a move to win the game. She could have stayed with her alliance to the final five, but she wouldn’t have won. In “Heroes vs. Villains” she was never in a majority.
Candice: I was dead in the water.
John: She fought and clawed and scratched her way to the final eight, both times.

Gordon: Didn’t “Heroes vs. Villains” screw up your wedding or something like that?
John: We were supposed to be married when “Heroes vs. Villains” was filmed. We had our invitations stuffed, stamped, and ready to be sent out.
Gordon: Is this a sore spot? Did I cause trouble?
John: No, no, no. (Laughs) But we talked about it and we said, “In 30 years we’re not going to care if we got married in 2009 or 2010, but we might care if we missed out on the opportunity to win a million dollars.”

Gordon: What is it like when you guys fight?
Candice: It’s more like me being bitchy to him and then him getting tired of it and being like, “Shut up!” And then I shut up because it’s really hard to ruffle his feathers, but when they’re ruffled you’re like “Whoa…(expletive deleted). OK…I’ll back off.”
John: Candice is into details, she looks for fine details and I’m more of a big picture guy. So, I’ll brush off some details and that tends to be the source of our frustration with each other. But we try to be as constructive as possible.
Gordon: As I’m sure she’s told you, “Survivor” is a stressful game. Can you two be a calming force for each other?
Candice: Our lives are 24 hours stress all the time. I work in the operating room. He has to be cool under pressure when he’s operating as well. That’s our jobs. Our call schedules are always opposite. So we operate under stress. I think we’re at an advantage in a game like this based on how our daily lives are.

Gordon: If there are any twists, what do you think they will be?
Candice: I have two guesses; one that we start off with returnees on one side and family members on the other. It’d force family members to have their own game. And then the drama of hoping your family member made it through the vote and is at the next challenge. And, the other option would be to start off playing together, which would be nice because we could hang out together. But it’d be a distraction because you’d be with the person you’re comfortable with instead of going out and getting to know everybody else.
John: If the couples are together it creates a completely different dynamic for alliance building. You might really like a returning player, but you can’t stand their loved one. So, playing individual games on different sides it should make the merge more interesting. As a fan, the merge has been lacking. The numbers dictate what happens.
Gordon: What strategies have you two been discussing?
John: We’ve tried to work through all the scenarios. We’ve tried to work out hand signals. Like “I’m in danger.” We’ve talked about throwing challenges to save our loved one. We don’t like that idea.
Candice: That’s always a bad idea.
John: We’re going to have to wait and see how it falls out. But we know we’re a good team and we’re always acting in each other’s best interest.
Candice: We’re always going to be looking for that idol. We’re always going to be on. We’re always thinking about numbers. I thought twice was going to be the last time for me. I’m pretty sure the third time is going to be the last time. Leave everything on the table. We’re going to play hard. We jumped through a lot of hoops in our careers to be here.
John: One of my favorite quotes is, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It was on a poster in my room growing up. I always try to live by that.

Gordon: It’s a bit of a shock to everyone that you’re here. As people are scrambling to deal with this development, what do you think they remember about you from your season?
Candice: I think, and I’m not sure if this is the right perception or not, but I think everyone thinks of the mutiny. But, that’s kind of old news now. The most recent thing was “Heroes vs. Villains.” I think people think of me as someone who flipped on her tribe twice. Which, I think is not that big of a deal to me. Everyone who’s a returning players knows the name of the game is deception.
Gordon: That might be an angle to take, “Yeah, I flipped twice and look where it got me.”
Candice: Yeah. I’ve thought about that. I got me voted out in the same position both times.

Gordon: What are your thoughts on this cast?
Candice: Half of the cast I know who they are the other half I don’t.
John: There’s a good mix. A lot of these people come from pretty far back. Aras and Tina and Gervase, it’s been a while since they were on. It’s not like their gameplay is fresh in everyone’s minds.

Gordon: Anyone stick out as potential alliance partners?
Candice: We haven’t picked anyone out yet. It’s especially dangerous this season because you think you know something about the returning player, but the family member might not be someone you want to deal with.

Gordon: Anyone make you nervous?
Candice: I’m always wary of Rupert. We were butting heads in “Heroes vs. Villains” and he took the game personally. Still after the game, even at the finale.
John: He was a little sore.
Candice: Sour grapes. So, I’m a little wary of that. Whether he feels that way or not, I don’t know.

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Don’t miss the special 90-minute premiere of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET.

‘Survivor’ Castaways Interview: Danielle DiLorenzo and Candice Woodcock

May 10, 2010

The last episode of “Survivor” was a lesson in “twos.” Two immunity challenges, two tribal councils, two shocking votes, and two lovely ladies headed to the jury.

But, it was also a lesson in “toos.” Russell is too paranoid when it comes to his position in the game, Jerri wasn’t too comfortable with her place in the Villains alliance, and Danielle was getting too close to Parvati.

I had a chance to (see, another “to”) speak with the two newest members of the jury, Candice Woodcock and Danielle DiLorenzo, to find out what it’s like to be stranded on a beach with Russell, how Jerri’s moves shocked them both, and who’d really win in a fight between Danielle and Amanda.

Gordon Holmes: Candice, were you shocked when the Villains had agreed to vote Colby out of the game and Jerri got everyone to go against you instead?
Candice Woodcock:
I was actually really surprised. Obviously I thought I was safe or I wouldn’t have gotten down for peanut butter at the immunity challenge. (Laughs) I was very nice to Jerri all the time. I like her, I slept next to her. But thinking about it, I don’t know exactly what their alliance was. Maybe she felt like she was near the bottom of the alliance and I had moved up. If I was in her position I would have done the same thing.
Danielle DiLorenzo: She saw you and Russell and she thought you might have replaced her. I think that’s why she wanted to get rid of you. And also the fact that you flipped. We were thinking that since you flipped once you could flip back.
Candice: Everyone thinks that, but my thinking is once you’ve flipped, the people you flipped against will never take you back. But I guess that’s not what people think.

Gordon: Staying on Jerri and the moves she made last episode, Danielle were you shocked at how easily Jerri flipped against you at tribal council?
I almost felt like Jerri had some sort of jealous thing toward me for most of the game. I thought I’d won her over, but she was very close to Russell. She was riding his coattails. He could make her do whatever he wanted her to do. He was controlling her. He threatened her like he threatened everybody else. I just wish that she’d have thought about our alliance with me and Parvati.
Gordon: Do you think the Villain women could’ve made a move to boot Russell?
Danielle: We could have pulled Sandra in and Rupert and Colby and gotten Russell off. That was my next move.

Gordon: When your names appeared on the “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” cast list a lot of people (including me) were left scratching their heads. Did you feel like the fact that you weren’t as well known as some of the other players meant you had something to prove?
I didn’t really feel like I had anything to prove. I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about anything. I thought it was kind of an advantage. You don’t want to be the biggest name out there.
Danielle: All of the other people had big targets on their backs, like Parvati and Amanda. It was stressful for them. And I think we both proved our worth.

Gordon: Danielle, during the last episode you said that you trusted Russell 110 percent. It’s comments like that that drive our message boards crazy. Was that game play, or did you actually trust Russell that much in the game?
I did, I trusted him to a certain extent. I knew once it got down to the wire that I couldn’t trust anybody. I was playing him too, I was making him think, “Don’t worry, I’d never turn on you.” They didn’t show it, but I had talked to Sandra and Parvati about voting him out. My next move was to get him off. But I was trying to make him comfortable, to think that I’d never make a move on him.

Gordon: Now Candice, it seems like you were never really able to get a foothold in an alliance. Was that by design so you could play different angles or were you just having trouble clicking with people?
I think I had a problem from the very beginning. A lot of people are friends, and knew each other. I’m not saying they had an alliance or anything like that, but if you know somebody you feel more comfortable with them to begin with. I think that in the beginning the Heroes were all suspicious of me because the biggest thing I was known for was the mutiny and switching tribes. So they didn’t want anything to do with me because they thought I should be a Villain. And to be honest, I thought I should have been on the Villains tribe. And the way I play the game I think I would have done much better if I was on the Villains. The Heroes wouldn’t listen to me from the beginning. I’d say things and JT would pretend like he didn’t even hear me. I was miserable.

Gordon: I noticed at different points you’d go to tribal council wearing body paint that said “I Love Somebody.” I don’t remember the names, but I think both of you did it at one point. I guess my question here is, when are we going to see some “I Love Gordon” paint? Like when you’re both on “Survivor: 30” can we make this happen?
(Laughs) You’ll have to ask my husband.
Gordon: If you could ask him for me, I’d appreciate it.
Danielle: I don’t have a husband, so I can do the “I Love Gordon.”
Gordon: Excellent. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.
Danielle: (Laughs) I hope you have your DVR set.

Gordon: Has Colby checked out?
Oh God, yeah. He checked out a long time ago…day two. In challenges, in strategy play, I don’t know, he’s just off. I thought that maybe he’d turn it on and that was part of his strategy. But as the days went on it never happened. He just checked out. He would go on these long walks and sit out and meditate in the water for hours. It was so weird. One time when we were trying to get rid of James I had to drag Colby out of the shelter because they were trying to vote Colby out. I pulled him out of the shelter and pulled him into the circle of conversation. I’d tell him to be part of the team or else he was going home. It was just so weird. And when I watched the show last week, when Colby was strategizing with Sandra my jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe Colby was talking strategy with anybody.

Gordon: I spoke with Amanda last week, and I asked her if she had a straight-up fight with Danielle who would win. She said she would’ve won. I’m interested in your prediction on that fight.
She’s from the Midwest and I’m from Boston. I kickbox, box, I’ve fought. I’d kick her butt. Sorry, Amanda.
Gordon: Candice, I’m sorry…but this means you have to be the tie-breaker.
Danielle: (Laughs)
Candice: Oh gosh, here’s the problem with that, I already betrayed Amanda and I voted her off and I feel really bad about that…so I can’t…
Gordon: C’mon, Candice.
Candice: I think Danielle would win.
Danielle: (Laughs)
Candice: Amanda is too sweet. Danielle will get nasty if she has to. Danielle is very sweet, but she has some fight in her.
Gordon: Danielle, I don’t want to cause any trouble, but I’m from the Midwest.
Danielle: Oh no! I wasn’t saying it like that. In the Midwest they don’t fight.
Gordon: Uh-huh.
Danielle: That wasn’t a knock on the Midwest, there’s just a different mentality.
Gordon: I’m not starting trouble. You could probably beat me up too.
Danielle: (Laughs)

Gordon: A hot debate on our forums is whether or not Russell Hantz is the best player of all time. Now that you’ve seen “Samoa” and experienced “Heroes Vs. Villains” how do you feel?
He’s not the best player in this game. Just judging from the way he played last time, getting all the way to the end and not having the respect of the jurors. That to me is not the best player in the game. Part of the game strategy is knowing the people you voted out along the way. So, if you play the game with no integrity, no humanity, no respect for people, then yeah, you played a nice game but then you won’t win a million dollars. That to me is the best player.
Candice: I think there’s something kind of pathologic about him. It’s great to watch how aggressively he plays. It’s very interesting, but if you think about it, in real life, people don’t get in your face and threaten you, that doesn’t happen to people.
Gordon: I’m told that happens all the time in Boston.
Candice: (Laughs) Well, that’s why Danielle knew how to handle him.
Danielle: Seriously!
Candice: But the thing is, when he came up and started threatening me in the episode where I voted for Amanda, I didn’t know what to do. I’m not used to someone being that aggressive with me. It’s weird and it’s kind of creepy.

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